2013 NBA Finals: Nobody Should Feel Sorry For Miami Heat Fans Who Left Game 6 Early

By Dan Parzych
Miami Heat Fans
(Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports)

There’s a popular saying in sports–it’s not over until the fat lady sings. So when Miami Heat fans gave up on their team at the end of Game 6 in the 2013 NBA Finals by deciding to leave early before pounding on the doors to be let back in shortly later–they have nobody to blame but themselves.

In what may go down as one of the most thrilling NBA Finals games of all time, the Heat managed to pull off a miraculous 103-100 overtime win on Tuesday to force a Game 7 against the Spurs on Thursday. It’s understandable why Miami fans would assume the game was over considering LeBron James and company found themselves 94-89 with 28 seconds left, but as we’ve seen in the past–anything is possible when it comes to miraculous comebacks in the NBA.

From missed free throws by the Spurs to Ray Allen hitting the game-tying three-point shot right before the end of regulation, Game 6 was one of the most thrilling finishes in postseason history as these two teams kept going back and fourth with momentum. With a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, all signs pointed to San Antonio bringing home their fifth title, but those possible dreams will have to wait until Thursday.

In other words–any basketball fan lucky enough to witness this game may never see a game like this again.

As frustrated as Heat fans may have been for not being allowed back in, are  you telling me that “die-hard” Heat fans who spent hundreds–possibly thousands–of dollars to attend Game 6 couldn’t stick it out for an extra 28 seconds to see what would happen at the end of the game? Whether you’re team is up big or you’re getting blown out, it’s a general rule as sports fans that you never leave a sporting event early with the fear of missing out on something huge.

For the Heat fans that decided to pack up their things and miss out on one of the greatest postseason games in NBA history, nobody should feel bad about you not being allowed back in the stadium. Even kindergardeners know you can’t re-enter a stadium once you leave and it’s fans like you that don’t deserve to attend sporting events considering it’s the real fans that stick it out to the end–no matter what.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s no secret there are plenty of Heat fans out there who are passionate about their beloved team, but there’s a reason why the fan base has received so much criticism for the “bandwagon fans.” Thanks to the decision of these fans to leave Tuesday’s game early, they missed out on witnessing one of the greatest finishes in NBA history–which is a feeling that won’t be going away anytime soon.

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